Causal Models by Steven Sloman
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Causal Models
By Steven Sloman

Causal Models

How People Think About the World and its Alternatives

By (author) See other recent books by Steven Sloman
Format: Hardback

Normal Price: $56.95
Your Price: $51.26 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $5.70! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $2.56 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply

Causal Models by Steven Sloman

Book Description

Human beings are active agents who can think. To understand how thought serves action requires understanding how people conceive of the relation between cause and effect, that is, between action and outcome. In cognitive terms, the question becomes one of how people construct and reason with the causal models we use to represent our world. A revolution is occuring in how statisticians, philosophers, and computer scientists answer this question. These fields have ushered in new insights about causal models by thinking about how to represent causal structure mathematically, in a framework that uses graphs and probability theory to develop what are called 'causal Bayesian networks'. The framework starts with the idea that the purpose of causal structure is to understand and predict the effects of intervention: How does intervening on one thing affect other things? This question is not merely about probability (or logic), but about action. The framework offers a new understanding of mind: Thought is about the effects of intervention, so cognition is thereby intimately tied to actions that take place either in the actual physical world or in imagination, in counterfactual worlds. In this book, Steven Sloman offers a conceptual introduction to the key mathematical ideas in the framework, presenting them in a non-technical way, by focusing on the intuitions rather than the theorems. He tries to show why the ideas are important to understanding how people explain things, and why it is so central to human action to think not only about the world as it is, but also about the world as it could be. Sloman also reviews the role of causality, causal models, and intervention in the basic human cognitive functions: decision making, reasoning, judgement, categorization, inductive inference, language, and learning. In short, this book offers a discussion about how people think, talk, learn, and explain things in causal terms - in terms of action and manipulation.

Buy Causal Models book by Steven Sloman from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780195183115
ISBN-10: 0195183118
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 163mm x 20mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 18-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author Steven Sloman


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Causal Models book by Steven Sloman and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Author Biography - Steven Sloman

Steven Sloman has been on the faculty in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences at Brown University since 1992. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in 1986 and received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford in 1990. He has published many papers and a book about human cognition on topics ranging from categorization and memory to decision-making, inductive inference, and reasoning.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Steven Sloman close
Casual Models by Steven Sloman
» close